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Undergraduates discuss their favorite and most surprising academic experiences since being on campus, from international opportunities to blending disciplines. Read more.


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Javier Alejandro Masis:
Welcome to Princeton.

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Jean-Philippe Jabre:
My favorite class was probably Econ 101.

Solomon Braun:
Intro to Psychology.

Rund Abdelfatah:
Introduction to Anthropology.

An-Ting Liu:
The seminar in Ghana.

Ayomikun Okeowo:
Computer science.

Ayomikun Okeowo:
I like it because you get to make whatever types

Ayomikun Okeowo:
of program you want.

James Thorman:
One was a class called "Economics and Public Policy,"

James Thorman:
taught by Professor Bogan, and the other one was a "High-Tech

James Thorman:
Entrepreneurship" course taught by Ed Zschau.

Neha Goel:
Human rights with Professor Gary Bass.

Neha Goel:
It was just amazing class.

Rivka Cohen:
It's tied between Arabic and philosophy --

Rivka Cohen:
"Intro to Metaphysics and Epistemology."

Javier Alejandro Masis:
I was in a class called "Music of the Americas."

Nene Umoren:
"Japanese Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization."

Sonya Chu:
"Physics 105," which is general physics, but it's the

Sonya Chu:
advanced, the honors course.

Ukachi Emeruwa:
I got to go to Ghana up for my global

Ukachi Emeruwa:
health certificate.

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
I got to take a class over the summer abroad in Italy

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
with a small group of people, and it was the best way to

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
learn Italian in a very short amount of time.

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
It was an intensive class in four weeks that took up

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
the spot of one semester. And then the next summer I

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
got to go to Paris for an internship, and then I

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
also was able to research my senior thesis in Italy.

Elizabeth Stevens:
I would say one of the best academic experiences I've

Elizabeth Stevens:
had here at Princeton is the flexibility in their allowing

Elizabeth Stevens:
me to pursue the academics that I want to do.

Elizabeth Stevens:
I am an independent major in biological anthropology,

Elizabeth Stevens:
which is almost a double major in the anthropology

Elizabeth Stevens:
and EEB departments.

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Raphael Frankfurter:
I was actually approached by the professor in

Raphael Frankfurter:
the second month of the class and told that he would fund me

Raphael Frankfurter:
doing an internship anywhere in the country relating

Raphael Frankfurter:
to medical anthropology.

Rund Abdelfatah:
It was a first anthropology class I've ever

Rund Abdelfatah:
taken in my life, but I actually fell in love with it,

Rund Abdelfatah:
and I found that I just was really passionate about the

Rund Abdelfatah:
subject area, and I've actually decided that I may

Rund Abdelfatah:
be an anthropology major because of that class.

Sonya Chu:
But overall, I was really happy I did that

Sonya Chu:
class because it was the most challenging class

Sonya Chu:
I've ever done so far.

Rivka Cohen:
Arabic can be a very difficult language, especially

Rivka Cohen:
grammatically, and we have a lot of fun in that class.

James Thorman:
Merging economics and public policy was a very

James Thorman:
interesting exercise that kind of enabled me to think about

James Thorman:
applying economics in a way I hadn't thought about before,

James Thorman:
and actually became the basis for kind of what

James Thorman:
I would study later on.

Neha Goel:
We got to learn about just the development of human

Neha Goel:
rights as a concept in general, and I learned a lot of things

Neha Goel:
that I didn't even expect, like the fact that people disagree

Neha Goel:
with the idea of human rights at a very basic level, the

Neha Goel:
very validity of the concept.

Jean-Philippe Jabre:
I mean, it really helped to understand the recent

Jean-Philippe Jabre:
recessions, and now I'm definitely planning on majoring

Jean-Philippe Jabre:
in econ just because of that class is a great class, great lecturer.

Nene Umoren:
We're talking about themes that are relevant,

Nene Umoren:
things that are popping up in our everyday lives, and looking

Nene Umoren:
at it from a totally different perspective of seeing how other

Nene Umoren:
students view the world around us.

Neha Goel:
I definitely found myself opening my eyes and

Neha Goel:
learning something completely new.

Rund Abdelfatah:
You can find great things in unexpected places.

Sonya Chu:
Definitely take challenging courses because

Sonya Chu:
they're well worth it.

Rivka Cohen:
I felt that I learned how to organize my thoughts in

Rivka Cohen:
a completely different way.

Javier Alejandro Masis:
It's just much more interesting to see how things

Javier Alejandro Masis:
work than to immediately label them as good or bad.

An-Ting Liu:
I did not expect it to be such an interesting and

An-Ting Liu:
life-changing experience.

Sonya Chu:
It's not just about getting the top grades, it's

Sonya Chu:
about learning something and challenge yourself.

Javier Alejandro Masis:
That's probably the 'aha' moment.

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Ukachi Emeruwa:
Besides having an extremely flexible class

Ukachi Emeruwa:
schedule such that I have time for basketball, dance, all the

Ukachi Emeruwa:
kinds of activities I want to do, Princeton also allows

Ukachi Emeruwa:
within your course work for amazing opportunities.

Elizabeth Stevens:
Princeton has allowed me to design my own curriculum

Elizabeth Stevens:
and combine the courses that Princeton offers, as well as

Elizabeth Stevens:
mix my advisors between the departments.

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
For anyone who's interested in languages or

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
studying abroad, I was really impressed with the number of

Hannah McDonald-Moniz:
unexpected opportunities that I had here at Princeton.

Nene Umoren:
Being able to share in that opportunity, get the broad

Nene Umoren:
range of perspectives that Princeton offers is something that

Nene Umoren:
has been really phenomenal for me, and something that I

Nene Umoren:
wouldn't get anywhere else.

Elizabeth Stevens:
It's allowed me to pursue what I've wanted to do basically my whole life.

Sonya Chu:
Even if it looks like it's impossible, you try your best

Sonya Chu:
and you'd be surprised at what you can achieve.

Ukachi Emeruwa:
I'm forever grateful for having that opportunity.

An-Ting Liu:
This is really a great place to be.

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